What does muteness mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mutism, mutenessnoun

    the condition of being unable or unwilling to speak

    "her muteness was a consequence of her deafness"

  2. muteness, silencenoun

    a refusal to speak when expected

    "his silence about my contribution was surprising"


  1. mutenessnoun

    The characteristic of being mute.


  1. Muteness

    Muteness or mutism (from Latin mutus 'silent') is defined as an absence of speech while conserving or maintaining the ability to hear the speech of others. Mutism is typically understood as a person's inability to speak, and commonly observed by their family members, caregivers, teachers, doctors or speech and language pathologists. It may not be a permanent condition, as muteness can be caused or manifest due to several different phenomena, such as physiological injury, illness, medical side effects, psychological trauma, developmental disorders, or neurological disorders. A specific physical disability or communication disorder can be more easily diagnosed. Loss of previously normal speech (aphasia) can be due to accidents, disease, or surgical complication; it is rarely for psychological reasons. Treatment or management also varies by cause, determined after a speech assessment. Treatment can sometimes restore speech. If not, a range of assistive and augmentative communication devices are available.


  1. muteness

    Muteness is a speech disorder characterized by an individual's inability to speak or make vocal sounds due to physical, psychological, or neurological conditions. This inability may be present from birth or develop later in life. Some mute individuals may communicate through alternative means such as sign language or written words.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mutenessnoun

    the quality or state of being mute; speechlessness


  1. Muteness

    Muteness or mutism is an inability to speak caused by a speech disorder.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of muteness in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of muteness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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